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Teaching a child to fish

No, I’m not teaching her to fish for fish – that will be Daddy’s job!

I’m sure you’ve heard the following quote.

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”

This concept is a huge part of parenting.  One of my jobs as a mom is to raise my daughter to be a responsible adult.  My primary goal of course is to teach her how to be a disciple for Christ.  In addition, I also want her to be able to take care of herself and her family one day.  When I went to college, I can’t tell you how many people I met who didn’t know how to do a load of laundry, or cook anything that wasn’t a TV dinner.  It was just sad.  As a parent, I would not be doing my job if I sent my child off to live on their own for the first time or to enter into marriage without these basic skills (among many others).  I’m all for letting kids be kids. I actually feel very strongly about not making them grow up too fast.  I think kids should still be able to play more in Kindergarten instead of feeling the pressure to read and write.

However, way before the time they graduate high school, they should know how to do their own laundry and cook!  So, we are starting while she’s young.

Hubby and I have spent some time talking about what goals we have for Lovebug.  What do we want to make sure we teach her before she leaves our home?  One of those things is financial responsibility.  She will go through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University as part of her high school education!  She is already practicing these concepts even at the age of 7.  Anytime she receives money – as a gift, or as her salary for doing her household jobs – she tithes on it.  Then she puts some in her savings bank to save for long term, bigger things that she’s wanting, and she puts some in her spending bank to have money to spend right away if she wants.

As part of our homeschooling, I am also teaching her Home Economics.  We work on cleaning the house, laundry, doing the dishes, and cooking.

Some of the things she does:

She can mop the floor and do a great job.  A spray bottle filled with half vinegar-half water makes the perfect non-toxic cleaner.  A wet washcloth under each bare foot makes the perfect mop.  I’ve take to mopping this way myself because it’s easier to rinse out than a regular mop, and I can scrub harder on those tough spots.

She puts away her own clean laundry.

She can empty the dishwasher and put the dishes away.

She sweeps the front porch and sidewalk.

She puts in a clean trash bag after I take out the trash (she stands in the bag to get it open – so cute!).

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She’s learning to cook.  She’s already been doing things like cutting up fruit and vegetables for some time now.  She can help make a smoothie, loves to make fruit salad, makes several of our cookie recipes herself and can make sandwiches by herself.

Now, she can make scrambled eggs too!  Not on the stove…that will come later.  These are made in the microwave!  I taught her how to do this yesterday and she was so excited to make her own breakfast this morning!

Since I know you just can’t wait to learn how to do this, I’ll tell you!

 

Instructions:

First you get a coffee mug

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Then you get an egg and crack it into the cup

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Don’t forget to put the eggs back in the fridge.  Lovebug wanted me to take a picture of her putting the eggs back WHILE holding the egg in her hand – she wanted Daddy to see!

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Beat the egg with a fork or whisk

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Place in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Our microwave even has a 30-second button!

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Stir the egg, and place back in the microwave for 30 more seconds, and wait.

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It’s done and ready to eat! Eat from the cup, or dump into your own bowl. Add a little salt and pepper if you wish to taste, and enjoy!

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3 comments to Teaching a child to fish

  • Tata Barb

    Thank you for your list because I’m TOTALLY swiping it! There’s no reason Sammy can’t make her own sammiches… just my nit-picky clean-freak “I can do it better” kind of thing. Can’t wait to teach her how to make an egg! (With spinach from the garden too!!!!) :)

    What kind of knife does she use?

    • Midlife Army Wife

      Oh yea! I had to let go of my nit-picky-clean-freak side too! I could do a whole post on that. I think I will! As for the knife – she’s up to our regular “steak” knives now, but we started with a plastic serrated knife, then the butter knife, and now the sharper ones. For spreading PB or mayo she uses the butter knife, but she’ll use the sharp one for cutting the green off strawberries or things like that. I had to also let go of my “She’ll cut her finger OFF!” fear and then hope she really doesn’t. Even as an adult I’ve cut myself so I’m sure she will at some point, but I don’t want to cut her meat when she’s 20, so I have to let her try :)

      Oh and LOVE the idea of adding spinach to the eggs. I do that in the pan, but she could totally do it in the cup too! Thanks!

  • When my class goes on camp I make them all make their own sandwiches (that way they can’t complain ‘but I don’t like this kind’… well not as much). It always amazes me that by 9 years old so many kids still don’t know how to butter bread. I think it’s fantastic that Em is learning to do all these things!

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